Residents raise coffee mugs and cash for charity
Published by kerri smith for Wellingborough Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Residents at a supported living scheme in Wellingborough rose to the charity challenge when they took part in the national Macmillan Coffee Morning fundraiser.
A group of residents living at Knights Court, in Gold Street, organised and ran the event, raising £693.70 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
They gathered at the Wellingborough Homes scheme with family, friends and staff for the fundraising festivities on Saturday (28th September).
Following the coffee morning, there was a choice of lunches on offer plus a host of traditional fundraising challenges to entertain and bring in funds during the day.
Residents had baked cakes to sell and also ran a popular “guess the weight of the cake” competition, plus challenges asking “guess how many keys in the bowl” and “how many coffee beans in the jar”.
Visitors enjoyed games such as Giant Jenga, Connect 4 and darts, as well as picking up some prizes on the tombola and bargains from the bric-a-brac stall.
Knights Court resident Yvonne Thomson was the driving force behind the event, helped by friends and neighbours at the scheme.
Supported Living Officer Karen Low, who looks after the scheme, said: “Our residents organised and ran the whole day, and everyone enjoyed themselves. It was a fun way to bring in funds for such a good cause.”
Knights Court has recently been rebuilt by Wellingborough Homes to provide 40 high quality apartments for 46 residents, including ‘assisted living’ flats fitted with features catering for people with mobility needs.
The scheme also boasts a mini cinema, a library and an arts and crafts room.
Wellingborough Homes – a not-for-profit housing association which owns and manages more than 4,500 homes in Northamptonshire – owns another eight supported living schemes across the borough.